Multiple sources have reported that the Jets have traded a 2010 5th round pick for Santonio Holmes. It had been getting awfully quiet around Florham Park, which usually means something is up Mike Tannebaum's sleeve, and that certainly is the case here as the Jets have traded for yet another big name player.
Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, fell out of favor with Pittsburgh after some off-field issues, most notably a positive drug test which will likely keep him out the first four games next season.
But for a 5th round pick? That's a steal for the Jets. Holmes is a shifty receiver who is still pretty young (26 years old) and talented enough to make some big plays. For the price of a 5th round pick, getting Mark Sanchez an accomplished receiver, one that was the MVP of the Super Bowl just 14 months ago is wild.
Tannenbaum is banking on the Jets being a good enough team that they can afford to miss Holmes for four games. After all, remember, Vernon Gholston started four games last year in place of Calvin Pace. Holmes's off-field issues are troubling, but like with Cromartie, Tannenbaum is hoping that the Jets' atmosphere will be a positive thing for Holmes.
Holmes provides more speed and more big play ability in the receiving corps. And with Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery also on the team, Holmes could be free to return punts, upgrading that position as well.
For an offseason where the Jets are not allowed to sign free agents before they losing any, bringing in Cromartie, LaDainian Tomlinson, and now Holmes is pretty crazy. Not to mention Jason Taylor and Mark Brunell are high on the Jets radar to come in next.
Now, the Jets are set at wide receiver, and you can pretty much throw that away as a place the Jets will go in the draft. Expect the focus to be improving the play in the trenches on each side of the ball in the upcoming draft.
Oh, and Braylon Edwards? You are now on high alert. If Edwards doesn't produce, the Jets now have a viable receiving tandem and could let him walk in free agency after this season. So Holmes provides insurance for Edwards as well. What a shrewd move by Mr. T.